Abide in the wound

John 15:4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.

Isaiah 53:5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.

John 20:27 Then saith [Jesus] to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing.

 In order for a branch to be successfully grafted into a vine, the vine itself must be wounded. A cut must be made in the vine where the new branch is to be placed. If no cut is made into the vine itself, if the vine receives not the wound, the life of the vine is not able to flow into the branch. And though the branch might seem to be attached to the vine, if it remain not in the wound, it will surely wither from want of the vine’s life giving sap.

 Do you see the necessity for His wounding? It was for you! It was for me! He so wanted you and I to be one with Him, to bear fruit for the Father, that He, the True Vine, submitted himself to such a death as to make a way for you to have His life. The print of the nails and the wound in His side: there abide! The death of Christ is our starting position. Without it we are helpless to find a way into His life.  But through His death and resurrection we have glorious access to the divine nature.

 Be not faithless, but believing. Why? How? By knowing He was wounded for you. His faith has brought you life. If you believe in nothing else in this life, believe in Him, who loved you first and died for you. In so doing, you make way for true progress in the Christian Life.

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